Saturday, December 22, 2018

Bench Seat Bed

9:01 am:
All the left side framing is done. Now it's time to begin framing the right side.

After the right side's framing is done, the first thing that I want to build on the right side is my bench seat bed. What I have in mind for this bench seat-to-bed conversion is for the front leg to be hinged.

When I raise the front leg and pull out the hinged bed leg support which is located underneath, the bed will ready for sleeping. Or napping. I figure that two center supports will be required at the head and foot of the bed.

I'll have to purchase the two cushions. One for the bench seat. And the second for the bench seat leg. Both of these cushions will be the same size.


2:30 pm:
When Señor Tránsito was declared a total loss by Progressive Insurance, that left me with no tow-vehicle for Scampy. I went to
U-Haul to rent one of their standard vans for my tow vehicle. But U-Haul does not allow their standard vans to tow vehicles!

However, U-Haul does allow their Box trucks to tow vehicles. And that's how I came to rent a 10-foot U-Haul box truck!

Almost immediately I recognized that a 10 foot box truck would make a great RV. And when I Blogged about that, Mister Ed commented to me suggesting that I should try out the 17 foot box truck!

Where would I be now with a 10-foot long truck instead of my 
17 footer?

Thank you sooooo much Mister Ed!

Box Van in all its glory! 



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13 comments:

  1. Hi George... such progress... very impressive. Glad you have decided to work on your bed. Since we sll spend about 7-9 hours each day there it is important. Could you give us a drawing of the layout of the floor? Not detailed dimensions necessarily, just approximate spacing. It would give me a better understanding. Thank you. Btw, you could be a great high school shop teacher. So much knowledge to share.

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    1. Ernie,

      Yes! Thank you! 😎

      Yesterday was a great construction day for me! At long-last!

      The bed will be 72" long and will consist of two 4" thick cushions. Both cushions will be 17" wide.

      Thank you so much for your "shop teacher" compliment!

      George

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  2. Probably a good idea to engineer the legs on your bed frame to lock in place when extended to avoid an accidental collapse.

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    1. Robert,

      Locked-in-place legs! Thank you! 😎

      A very good idea!

      George

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  3. What your building sounds like a futon

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    1. Well, Ed,

      Since I designed this bed in my head, and did not know what a futon was until I just Googled it........

      ........then for me, it's a Bench Seat Bed!

      George

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  4. Hi George!

    If I could ask a favor, what is the exact distance between the front wall of the 17' box and the inside of the rear door? I'm considering getting one of those vans to carry my 1986 Ford Bronco II and the published length looks to be extremely close to the Bronco's length.

    Thanks!

    Lou

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    1. Lou,

      Mister Ed [As usual] is correct with his 170 inches.

      George

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  5. If George doesn't mind
    I can very easily answer your question your bronco is 158.4 inches
    You have 170 inches of usable space
    Two quick things come to mind
    Flip the mirrors in and use suitable loadbearing ramps

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    1. Ed,

      I absolutely do not mind at all when you use my comments to help my Readers.

      George

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    2. Thnk you George and Mr. Ed. Actually, my Bronco II is 6 inches longer than the published length because I have a motorhome hitch baseplate that extends past the front bumper. I measured it's overall length at 164 inches, which is getting pretty close to the 171 inches U-Haul stated as the bed length.

      If I had the external spare tire mount it wouldn't fit. Thanks!

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  6. Living in a "box" is for the unique. I have to have windows around me.

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    1. Bev,

      Most people feel as you do.I suppose that I am unique in that respect.

      From the beginning of my RVing days in 2003, I rarely paid much attention to what went on outside my windows. I was always doing something that occupied my attention.

      Another thing:
      Very few RVers enjoy the vagabonding life as I do.

      My Camping-on-the-streets lifestyle is hardly followed voluntarily by any RVers.

      Most of the street camping RVers that I encounter
      are down-and-out folks trying to hang-on economically the best they can.

      George

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